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Phoenix Suns vs. Milwaukee Bucks: How to watch/stream Game 1 of the NBA Finals

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This year's NBA Finals will make history, no matter the outcome. If the Milwaukee Bucks win the series, it will be the team's first championship in exactly 50 years, but a Suns victory would be the first in the franchise's history.

The Bucks' journey to the Finals was not an easy one. After getting the team past the top-ranked Brooklyn Nets, Giannis Antetokounmpo was taken out by a knee injury in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Even without the superstar, the Bucks rallied to defeat the Atlanta Hawks in six games. With Antetokounmpo doubtful for the first game of the finals, the Bucks will again rely on Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton to lead them to victory.

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This is the Suns' first trip to the NBA Finals since 1997, and the team has looked strong through the rounds of the playoffs so far. The Suns have not played a single series to seven games, and they swept the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Semifinals. The team comes into the Finals as a slight favorite over the Bucks, and it is led by 11-time All-Star Chris Paul and 24-year-old standout Devin Booker.

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When is Game 1?

The first game of the 2021 NBA Finals tips off at 9 p.m. ET July 6. Phoenix is hosting at the Phoenix Suns Arena.

Where to watch on TV

Game 1 will air on ABC beginning with NBA Countdown at 8:30 p.m. ET followed by the game at 9 p.m. ET.

Where to stream

The game will stream on WatchESPN or the ESPN app, which requires a TV provider login. It can also be found on YouTube TV, Hulu+ Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV, which all require a paid subscription but do offer free trial options.

Contact Emily Adams at eaadams@gannett.com or on Twitter @eaadams6.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Suns vs. Bucks: How to watch/stream Game 1 of the NBA Finals